TGI Friday’s Nine Layer Dip

TGI Friday’s Nine Layer Dip has become the standard dip for game watching, parties, and much more. This is 9 layer bean dip brought a new level of flavors with refried beans, bacon, cheese, taco seasoning, tomatoes, green onions, and so much more. This is easy to put together and has all of the best ingredients that Mexican food has to offer.

Nine Layer Dip and corn tortilla chips

Make this TGI Friday Menu Item for Your Next Party

The TGI Friday’s 9 Layer Dip is one of the menu items that really put TGI Friday’s on the map. Can you go to a party nowadays without there being a layered bean dip? No. I think this is a standard appetizer that everyone loves to serve.

What makes TGI Friday’s Nine Layer Dip dish extra special?

I think is seasoning the beans with taco seasoning. This careful step of seasoning the beans during the preparation is really key to making this dish taste extra amazing.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients in this recipe are very common and easy to find. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Bacon
  • Refried beans
  • Sour cream
  • Taco seasoning
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced black olives
  • Green onions
Ingredients for the TGI Friday's 9 Layer Dip copycat recipe.

How to Make 9 Layer Dip

  1. Cut the bacon into pieces and fry them in a skillet until crispy.
  2. Add refried beans and cook slowly over low heat until the beans are heated. Stir frequently to avoid burning the beans.
  3. Combine sour cream and taco seasoning.
  4. Layer the dip in this order: refried beans, a third of the shredded cheese, sour cream mixture, guacamole, tomatoes, cilantro, black olives, green onion slices, and the remaining shredded cheese.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips.

How to Lighten Up 9 Layer Dip

This recipe is very flexible. If you want to lighten up the recipe, you can try these options:

  • Substitute the sour cream for light sour cream.
  • Use fat-free refried beans
  • Use low-fat cheddar cheese.
  • If you want to make it vegan, you can use vegan-friendly “sour cream” and “cheese”. You can omit the bacon.

There is no reason why you need to buy this multi-layer dip at the store, you can make it at home, and enjoy a wonderful fresh layer dip.

Nine Layer Dip and tortilla chips

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Copycat TGI Friday's nine layer dip and tortilla chips.

TGI Friday’s Nine Layer Dip

This classic 9 layer bean dip made with refried beans, sour cream, cheese, green onions, and more is one everyone will love. This has nine layers of goodness.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 9 layer dip, TGI Friday’s Nine Layer Dip
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 120kcal


  • 2 strips lean bacon
  • 16 ounces refried beans
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup guacamole
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions


  • Cut the bacon into ½-inch pieces. Fry the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crispy.
  • Add refried beans to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until heated, about 15 minutes.
  • Mix taco seasoning with sour cream.
  • Place the refried beans in a casserole dish and spread it out to 1½-inches thick.
  • Top the beans in this order: ½ cup of shredded cheese, sour cream mixture, guacamole, tomatoes, cilantro, black olives, green onion slices, then the remaining ¼ cup of shredded cheese.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.



Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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